Anusandhi, Anusaṃdhi, Anusamdhi: 9 definitions


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In Hinduism

Kavya (poetry)

[«previous next»] — Anusandhi in Kavya glossary
Source: Naisadhacarita of Sriharsa

Anusandhi (अनुसन्धि) or Anusaṃdhi has the same meaning as anusaṃdhāna and is mentioned in the Naiṣadha-carita 3.129.

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Kavya (काव्य, kavya) refers to Sanskrit poetry, a popular ancient Indian tradition of literature. There have been many Sanskrit poets over the ages, hailing from ancient India and beyond. This topic includes mahakavya, or ‘epic poetry’ and natya, or ‘dramatic poetry’.

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In Buddhism

Mahayana (major branch of Buddhism)

[«previous next»] — Anusandhi in Mahayana glossary
Source: A Study and Translation of the Gaganagañjaparipṛcchā

Anusaṃdhi (अनुसंधि) refers to “connections”, according to the Gaganagañjaparipṛcchā: the eighth chapter of the Mahāsaṃnipāta (a collection of Mahāyāna Buddhist Sūtras).—Accordingly, “[...] What are the causes and conditions for the purification of living beings, in which the Bodhisattva enters with knowledge, though any disciple or isolated Buddha [cannot enter], this is called the entrance into the profound guiding principle of dharma. Why is that? Because both the vices of all living beings and the knowledge of purification belong to the realm of the Awakened Ones, and the Bodhisattva understands these connections (anusaṃdhi) by his own knowledge and the presence of the Buddhas. [...]”.

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Mahayana (महायान, mahāyāna) is a major branch of Buddhism focusing on the path of a Bodhisattva (spiritual aspirants/ enlightened beings). Extant literature is vast and primarely composed in the Sanskrit language. There are many sūtras of which some of the earliest are the various Prajñāpāramitā sūtras.

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Languages of India and abroad

Pali-English dictionary

[«previous next»] — Anusandhi in Pali glossary
Source: BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary

anusandhi : (f.) connection; conclusion.

Source: Sutta: The Pali Text Society's Pali-English Dictionary

Anusandhi, (f.) (fr. anu + saṃ + dhā) connection, (logical) conclusion, application DA.I, 122 (where 3 kinds are enumd., viz. pucchā°, ajjhāsayā°, yathā°); Nett 14 (pucchato; Hard., in Index “complete cessation”?!). Esp. frequent in (Jātaka) phrase anusandhiṃ ghaṭeti “to form the connection”, to draw the conclusion, to show the application of the story or point out its maxim J.I, 106; 308; DhA.II, 40, 47; etc. (Page 43)

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Pali is the language of the Tipiṭaka, which is the sacred canon of Theravāda Buddhism and contains much of the Buddha’s speech. Closeley related to Sanskrit, both languages are used interchangeably between religions.

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Sanskrit dictionary

[«previous next»] — Anusandhi in Sanskrit glossary
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Edgerton Buddhist Hybrid Sanskrit Dictionary

Anusaṃdhi (अनुसंधि).—(m., = Pali id., in meaning 2), (1) (literal, physical) connexion: Gaṇḍavyūha 268.5 lokadhātoḥ…cakravāḍ- ānusaṃdhau, in connexion with the cakravāḍa mountain- range of the lokadhātu (? or possibly to meaning 3, in the serial line of the…?); (2) (logical) connexion (especially of a text); application: Saddharmapuṇḍarīka 394.1 (verse) anusaṃdhi sūtrāṇa sadā prajā- nati, he knows the logical connexion, or application, of the sūtras always; Daśabhūmikasūtra 42.22; 43.3; 51.21; Mahāvyutpatti 2176 = Tibetan ḥtshams sbyor ba, conforming conjunction; Laṅkāvatāra-sūtra 143.7 svapratyātmadharmatānusaṃdhiḥ katamat (! note gen- der), what thing is the application (logical connexion; virtually = meaning) of (the term) sva°?; vāsanānu- saṃdhi- Lalitavistara 433.19; 442.8; Gaṇḍavyūha 108.14; (3) serial line, series; Suvarṇabhāsottamasūtra 169.7 tasya tathāgatasyānusaṃdhau, in that T.'s line (of spiritual transmission, from one T. to another); Gaṇḍavyūha 206.13 buddhadarśanānusaṃdhau buddhaparaṃparā- nupacchedena; Laṅkāvatāra-sūtra 59.7 bhūmikramānusaṃdhau, in the serial line of steps of the (ten) Stages (of bodhisattvas); 211.3 -nirodhakramānusaṃdhi-, serial line or succession (of steps) in (the development of) nirodha; (4) adv. °dhiṃ, Mahāvastu iii.394.19 (repeated 395.4, 9; 396.13), following anu- pūrvam, anulomam, and preceding anudharmam; perhaps prepositional [compound] (anu governing saṃdhi), according to the totality (or profound essence, see saṃdhi 5), but possibly rather with meaning 3, seriatim; the same adverb (or anu- saṃdhi) should be read for °dhiḥ in Bodhisattvabhūmi 107.15, after anupūrvam, and before anusahitaṃ, q.v.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Monier-Williams Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Anusaṃdhi (अनुसंधि):—[=anu-saṃdhi] [from anusaṃ-dhā] m. (in [dramatic language]) juncture of a Patākā or episode, [Bharata-nāṭya-śāstra]

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Sanskrit, also spelled संस्कृतम् (saṃskṛtam), is an ancient language of India commonly seen as the grandmother of the Indo-European language family (even English!). Closely allied with Prakrit and Pali, Sanskrit is more exhaustive in both grammar and terms and has the most extensive collection of literature in the world, greatly surpassing its sister-languages Greek and Latin.

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